Title:                    Vessel Quality Safety and Environmental Manager (VQSE)
Position:             Full-time/Salaried Exempt
Reports to:         Director of Compliance
Division:              River
Location:             Paducah, KY
About Marquette:
Headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky and founded in 1978, Marquette is a leading provider of inland marine transportation services. Our Company operates over 130 towboats on the Mississippi River System, Gulf-Intracoastal Waterway, and near-shore coastwise market. In addition, the Company controls over 1,000 dry cargo barges. The Company has additional offices in St Rose, LA, Lockport, LA and La Porte, TX. With over 1,600 vessel and shore-based employees, Marquette is the largest provider of independent towing services within the inland waterways. We are the only fully integrated fleet in the industry that can do what we do. 
Principal Responsibilities:
  • Ensure U.S. Coast Guard and OSHA compliance by studying and interpreting regulations and standards; conducting inspections, identifying problems, developing solutions, accompanying and working with inspectors or boarding teams.
  • Lead accident prevention practices through investigation; identify root causes of accidents and recommend policies and procedures.
  • Prepare employees for safe work by developing and disseminating safety information; assist in development of orientation and awareness training, conducting safety training and work audits.
  • Represent the company by attending US Coast Guard, Industry and OSHA sponsored meetings.
  • Maintain safety awareness by providing information relevant to the operation of both vessel and shore side facilities, conduct inspections, recommend improvements, and coach crews.
  • Recommend purchase of safety equipment by evaluating products and provide technical expertise in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Provide safety information and reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends; publish reports; develop both audit and corrective action plans; write periodic articles for company newsletters; draft safety alerts to vessels and shore facilities; maintain OSHA records; submit US Coast Guard and OSHA reports.
  • Maintain safe, secure and healthy work environments by understanding current and proposed legislations; adhere to organization standards and policies, and to legal regulations; alert management regarding concerns.
  • Improve safety management job knowledge by attending workshops; review professional publications; establish personal networks; benchmark practices; participate in professional and industry safety advocacy groups such as AWO Inter-Regional Safety Committee.
  • Contribute to safety and organization success by welcoming related, different, and new requests for assistance or recommendations; help others achieve their safety-related performance objectives and goals.
  • Audit AWO Alternate Security Program and implementation.
  • Perform on-call rotation ensuring coverage over nights and weekends.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field preferred.
  • Strong communication (written and oral) skills required.
  • Ability to perform a variety of complicated tasks with moderate supervision required.
  • Experience in areas of investigation, audit and inspection preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office required.
  • Travel 40%; Visit vessels minimum of once per quarter.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements is a plus.
  • Ability to take and pass an approved auditor course.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with an excellent driving record. 
Marquette offers competitive pay, health, dental & vision insurance, 401K plan with company match, bonus plan, company paid life insurance, short- & long-term disability, flexible spending account, critical illness, accident insurance, and other incentives!